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The ancient beliefs on which TCM is based include

the following:

1. The human body is a miniature version of the larger, surrounding universe.

2. Harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, supports health, and disease

results from an imbalance between these forces.

3. Five elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—symbolically represent all phenomena, including the stages of human life, and explain the functioning of the body and how it changes during disease.

4. Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, performs multiple functions in maintaining health.

Traditional forms of medicine have been used in China since the 3rd Century. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system consist three parts:

Theory

Yin – Yang

5 elements

2. Treatment

Herbalism

Acupuncture

Moxibustion

Cupping

Massage therapy

3. Prevention

Qi gong

Tai – ji

Meditation

Massage


Daoist yin-yang concepts

Yang predominates during the day and turns into yin after

dark.

The human body is regarded as the universe in miniature,

when the Yin and Yang elements in a person’s body are well

balanced, the person is in good hearth.

A person falls sick when the balance is disrupted.


Five elements theory

The five vital organs

the heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and

kidneys are each seen as

corresponding to one of the five elements of

earth, wood, metal, fire and water.

The five organs function in an interlocked and

Interconnected relationship.

It is believed a

pathological change in any of the vital

organs will affect the health of the other

organs.


TCM encompasses many different

practices, including

1. Acupuncture

2. Cupping

3. Moxibustion

Burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points

4. Chinese herbal medicine

5. Tui na

Chinese therapeutic massage

6. Dietary therapy

7. Tai chi and qi gong

Practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus


Chinese herbal medicine

The Chinese Materia

Medica (a pharmacological

reference book used by

TCM practitioners)

describes thousands of

medicinal substances—

primarily plants, but also

some minerals and animal

products.

Different parts of plants,

such as the leaves, roots,

stems, flowers, and seeds,

are used.

In TCM, herbs are often

combined in formulas and

given as teas, capsules,

liquid extracts, granules,

or powders.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a family of

procedures involving the

stimulation of specific points

on the body using a variety

of techniques.

The acupuncture technique

that has been most often

studied scientifically involves

penetrating the skin with

thin, solid, metal needles

that are manipulated by the

hands or by

electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture involves the

stimulation of anatomical

points on the body with thin

needled.

Acupuncture patients

usually feel little to no pain.

Acupuncture needles are

hair-thin and are

manipulated either by hand

or electricity.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.

The purpose is to strengthen

the blood and improve Qi flow.

Direct and indirect methods.

Traditionally used to treat colds.

But it is not for everyone.

Because it is used specifically

for patients suffering from

cold or stagnant constitutions,

it should not be used on

anyone diagnosed with too much heat.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is a form of CTM in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction.

The cups can be made of a variety of materials,

including:

Glass

Bamboo

Earthenware

The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a

broad range of medical ailments


Tui Na

Also known as Chinese massage

Uses wave-like motions to loosen joints and nourish muscles.

Brings awareness back to a person’s body, making it a first

step in the healing process.

Stimulates the flow of Qi, blood and body fluids

Can be used to treat pain, stress or digestion problems.